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Venice Film Festival: Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion and three French in competition

Madres paralelas by Pedro Almodovar, The power of the dog by Jane Campion and three French films in particular will compete at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival, which will be held from September 1 to 11, the organizers announced on Monday.

Madres paralelas, with Penelope Cruz and Rossy De Palma, will open the festival. Pedro Almodovar, 71, received a Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion in 2019.

Jane Campion, Palme d’Or at Cannes with The piano lesson in 1993, returned to the cinema for the first time since 2009 with a feature film to be released on Netflix. His film, The power of the dog (The Power of the dog) is adapted from a book by Don Winslow (The dog’s clawn, Editions Fayard), which deals with drug trafficking between Mexico and the United States, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst.

Three French films aspire to the Golden Lion: Another world by Stéphane Brizé with Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kiberlain, Lost illusionss by Xavier Giannoli, after Balzac, and The event by Audrey Diwan. Five Italian productions will also be in the running, a record: America Latina by Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo, He buco by Michelangelo Frammartino, Freaks out by Gabriele Mainetti, Who rido io by Mario Martone, and E stata la mano di dio by Paolo Sorrentino.

The other selected films are Mona Lisa and the blood moon American Ana Lily Amirpour, The lost daughter the American Maggie Gyllenhaal, On the job: the missing 8 Filipino Erik Matti, Leaves no trace by the Polish Jan P. Matuszynski, Captain Volkonogov escaped by Russian Natasha Merkulova, The card counter by the American Paul Schrader, Reflection by Ukrainian Valentyn Vasyanovych.

Latin American cinema will also be well represented with Competencia Oficial by Argentinian Gaston Duprat with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, Sundown by Mexican Michel Franco with Tim Roth and Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spencer by Chilean Pablo Larrain and The caja by Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas.

The South Korean director of Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, will chair the jury which will include French actress Virginie Efira and Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao.

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